Female* Advocate Educator

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Posted March 23, 2021 by
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Aurora New Dawn is pleased to announce the following job vacancy:

Female * Advocate Educator

Have you got experience in supporting people experiencing domestic abuse and delivering training? Would you like to help offer support to hundreds of survivors of stalking, domestic abuse, and sexual violence? Then we want to hear from you!

Who are we?

Aurora New Dawn is a feminist led charity dedicated to ending violence against women and children, and hidden violence. Since 2011, we have offered safety, support, advocacy, and empowerment to survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence and stalking. We are a passionate and enthusiastic team, delivering a variety of services across Hampshire and beyond.

Hours / Salary / Location:

Full-time: 37 Hours per week
Salary Grade 7 – £22,221 p.a
Location: Southampton – with some additional travel across Hampshire required.

* PLEASE NOTE: This post is restricted to female applicants in accordance with Schedule 9 (part 1) of the Equality Act 2010

The Role

As an Advocate Educator you will be responsible for the ongoing delivery of the IRIS (Identification & Referral to Improve Safety) service in Southampton, working directly with GPs in the City. You will provide training to general practices, on-going support for health professionals and advocacy for patients who have disclosed their past or current experiences of Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA) to general practice teams.

You will provide practical and emotional support to survivors of domestic violence and abuse (DVA), including crisis intervention, through both face to face and telephone support. You will support and empower survivors, thereby increasing self-esteem and reducing isolation.

Core duties include:

  • Deliver training to health care professionals about DVA in participating general practices – either face to face or virtually depending on requirements and current guidelines.
  • Promote awareness of the experiences and needs of people living with or escaping DVA, particularly in relation to their health.
  • Encourage health professionals to ask individuals about their experience of abuse, then respond, record, safety check and refer appropriately.
  • Provide individual support and advocacy to survivors of DVA, including those who have disclosed their past or current experiences to general practice teams.
  • Assess risk using the DASH risk indicator checklist, ensuring that this risk is reviewed on a regular basis.
  • Work with those experiencing DVA to increase their personal safety (and that of any children) and inform them of their rights and options in terms of housing, legal and welfare rights

What we’re looking for:

  • Some experience of working with victims of domestic abuse, including risk assessment and safety/support planning, is desirable. This experience can be in a paid or voluntary capacity.
  • Applications from those with demonstrable transferable skills (such as frontline experience within a similar sector) and good knowledge and understanding of the issues facing those experiencing Domestic Violence & Abuse (DVA) would also be considered.
  • Experience of delivering and reviewing training, preferably within the Violence against Women sector, is essential. Experience of delivering to health professionals would be advantageous.
  • A well-organised individual with a passion for helping survivors of domestic violence and abuse.
  • You’ll need to be flexible and adaptable, capable of working under pressure and planning/ prioritising your own workload.
  • Someone who can communicate effectively with a range of people and professionals.
  • The ability to establish and maintain appropriate boundaries when working with those who are experiencing crisis.
  • The Ability to communicate sensitively with survivors who may be distressed.
  • Understanding of Safeguarding, and the legal responsibilities surrounding these issues.
  • Any experience working for a charity or non-profit organisation, is beneficial but not essential.

Additional information:

  • DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
  • This post will be based in Southampton with regular local travel, including to our main office base in Portsmouth, so it is essential that you have your own transport. Travel further afield may occasionally be required.
  • This is a fixed term contract until March 2022. Continuation will be dependent on funding.

How to apply for the job:

Applications should be in the form of a letter, sent by email to recruitment@aurorand.org.uk, detailing why you think you are suitable for the post.

Please put ‘IRIS Advocate Educator’ in the subject line and return your completed diversity monitoring form with your letter.

You are advised to read the job description and person specification carefully as the decision to shortlist you for interview will be based on the information you provide in your letter.

NB: We do not accept CV’s as an application method.

For an informal discussion about the role, or for any other queries, please contact Lisa Brunt (Service Manager) on 023 92 479254.

To save on administration costs we are not able to contact you if your application is unsuccessful, but I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your interest in our work.

The deadline for all applications is 9.00am 16th April 2021 .

Interviews will be held on TBA.

Interviews will be conducted via ZOOM.

Important documents:

To download a copy of the Advocate Educator job description, click here.

To download a copy of the Aurora New Dawn Diversity Questionnaire, click here.

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Sarah Cheverton is Aurora New Dawn's Writer in Residence and a freelance writer and researcher. As well as writing the copy for the Aurora website, Sarah works with the Aurora team on consultation responses, communications and service evaluations. She also works as a Co-Editor for feminist news site Women's Views on News.

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